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Lance to come clean - report

2013-01-12 09:31

Los Angeles - Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping for the first time in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will be taped on Monday at the disgraced cyclist's home in Austin, Texas, USA Today reported.

In an article posted on its website on Friday night, USA Today cited "a person with knowledge of the situation" as saying Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career, but that he probably will not go into great detail about specific cases and events.

The announcement that Armstrong had agreed to an interview, to air on Winfrey's OWN cable TV network on Thursday, sparked widespread speculation that he might finally confess to being a drug cheat after years of strenuous denials.

It will be Armstrong's first interview since he was stripped in October of his seven Tour de France titles after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said he helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping program in sports history.

Nicole Nichols of Winfrey's OWN network said on Wednesday "no question is off-limits" in the interview, for which Armstrong will not receive any payment.

Last week, The New York Times reported that Armstrong, 41, was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs in an apparent bid to return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons.

On her Twitter feed Tuesday, Winfrey said: "Looking forward to this conversation with @lancearmstrong".

Armstrong retweeted that message on his own Twitter account.

Not everyone is convinced that such an interview is the proper venue for Armstrong to address the charges against him.

"Only Lance would get to have his moment of truth, if that's what it will be, in front of Oprah Winfrey," said British cyclist David Millar, who served a two-year ban after admitting doping in 2004 and is now a member of the athletes' commission for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"It is not sitting in front of a judge or a disciplinary hearing being properly questioned about the things he has done wrong."

Any confession by Armstrong could have legal or financial ramifications.

Since the International Cycling Union effectively erased him from the sport's record books, British newspaper The Sunday Times has already sued Armstrong for more than £1m over a libel payment made to him in 2006.

The newspaper paid Armstrong £300 000 to settle a libel case after publishing a story suggesting he may have cheated, and now wants that money plus interest and legal costs repaid.

A Texas insurance company has also threatened legal action to recoup millions of dollars in bonuses that it paid to him for multiple Tour victories.

His years of dominance in the sport's greatest race raised cycling's profile in the United States to new heights and gave Armstrong, a cancer survivor, a unique platform to promote cancer awareness and research.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised almost $500m since its creation in 1997.

In the wake of the allegations, several top sponsors dropped Armstrong and on November 14 his name was dropped from the charity he founded, which is now known as the Livestrong Foundation.

AFP

Comments
  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-12 10:10

    Well wat do u know it takes Oprah Winfrey 2pull out Lance's dirty washing at last??

  • leonard.w.gray - 2013-01-12 10:13

    absolute cheat

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-13 03:38

      No different from any of the others. I don't believe there were any of the top riders of his era that did not use banned substances. I am not sure why people claim to be all surprised now. If you know cycling you should have anticipated that most if not all of the top cyclists, even up to fairly recently, used drugs at some time in their careers. You don’t have an unfair advantage if everybody else have the same advantage. Lance was still the best cyclist of that era, and probably one of the best ever, but after this proposed admission he is probably toast. He might even go to jail for perjury.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-01-12 10:28

    Yes Lance, do the right thing, fess up! I'm sure you will feel a lot better after you have gotten it off of your chest!

  • Erik Fourie - 2013-01-12 10:29

    Fietsry is die sport met die grootse steroids gebruik. Lance Armstrong is nog steeds die beste fietsryer nog ooit, al sy opponente het dit gebruik en gebruik dit nog steeds. Hy was net die beste in al 2ways.

      slp.mulligan - 2013-01-12 10:50

      So?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-12 15:51

      So he was the best cheat ever?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-13 00:54

      Natuurlik!!

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2013-01-12 10:36

    this will be brilliant! Cant wait to see the look on all those peoples faces who said he never cheated and went on and on and on and on and on!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-12 15:52

      Hey, I'm with you on this one Tamlin... I'm sure there will be a huge... silence...

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-13 00:53

      Pushers lost a loyal customer on Lance!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-12 11:23

    . He only does this Oprah interview, so he can make some more money!! Bloody swine !!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-12 15:54

      Anthony - READ the article. If he admits doping he will be sued for millions by his former sponsors... unless Oprah has promised to cover those debts to push up her ratings...Mmmm...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-12 19:26

      Squeegee, Than you don't know this guy, he is a con artist par exelence, he will make money out of this sport till he drops dead !!!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-13 00:51

      Maybe Squeege is the supplier!!

  • Hercules Leonardo Giorgino - 2013-01-12 11:39

    Who the hell cares damn cheat

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2013-01-12 13:00

    At the same time he should tell Oprah that he would pay back all the money he stole through being dishonest. This crook is trying to make himself look good and hope that he will be forgiven but I hope they go further in punishing him.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-12 14:46

    Oprah gonna pay all his fines this is absolutely legend choose your comeback with Queen of talk shows!!!! Win some frey publicity! lol

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-13 00:48

    Lance were you born in Cape Flats?

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